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  1. I have two recollections of descriptions similar to your dream. Many years ago, a person who had recently transitioned from having average vision to low vision crossed a wide, grassy field by herself. When she got to the other side where I happended to be standing, she remarked that when she reached a middle point in the field, all distant visual geographical references completely disappeared for her, and she became temporarily disoriented until she directed her attention to audio references. She said that, at that moment, her mind created an image of herself in the middle of the sea in a small boat. I remembered that experience because earlier, I’d helped a friend edit her article titled, “The Psychotherapeutic Use of Benign Hallucinations with Persons with Charles Bonnet Syndrome”. In that article, she described, “…a woman in her early 50s, who had optic nerve atrophy for several years with progressive loss of sight, reported the fleeting image of being alone in a rowboat in the middle of the ocean and of seeing nothing but water all around her — of being in the middle of nowhere….” These images relate to the experience of vision impairment, but it seems as if they also evoke a fundamental feature of the human condition. As the great philosopher Orson Wells wrote, “We’re born alone, we live alone, we die alone. Only through our love and friendship can we create the illusion for the moment that we’re not alone.” He also wrote, “I had watching television as much as I hate eating peanuts, and yet I do both.” I personally love eating peanuts, but I certainly won’t hold that against him.

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